Lewandowski takes a shot against Real Sociedad.

He didn’t do it brilliantly, he didn’t do it spectacularly, but the Barcelona Soccer Club beat the Real society in the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey and is already in the semifinals. The culés are determined to win a new title this season after having won the Spain Supercup recently, although they are still unconvincing in terms of their game. [FC Barcelona 1-0 Real Sociedad: narración y estadísticas]

those of Xavi Hernandez they played more than 50 minutes with one more footballer on the field of play, but this numerical superiority did not translate into a control over the game or a submission to their rival. They left doubts in this aspect again, but the important thing for the Catalans is that they continue ahead and advance one more round in the KO tournament.

A lonely goal from Ousmane Dembele It served to unlock a game in which Real Sociedad sold their skin at a high price. those of Imanol BailiffAfter a discreet start, they did not give up even with one player less and showed a good defensive level. kubo crashed a ball into the crossbar and Sorloth he failed in an incomprehensible way a couple of meters from the goal line when the people from San Sebastian were celebrating the tie, but the lack of success condemned them and left them on the road ahead of time.

The start, for Barça

The best moments of Fútbol Club Barcelona came at the start of the match. The first half hour was an absolute monologue from the Catalans against a Real Sociedad that, either because they preferred to wait behind or because they couldn’t find a way to do it, didn’t have the ball at their feet for more than a few seconds.

Lewandowski, who was reunited with Gil Manzano After the chapter that cost him the sanction of several matches, he was the one who had the first clear one. Dembélé entered the right flank, entered the area and put a good cross for the Polish shot, but his shot crashed against a visiting defender. Immediately afterwards, in the following corner, Gavi He was very close to overtaking the culés.

The barca He wanted to get on track to the semifinals by taking advantage of his status as host, and he submitted a Real that was far from its best level. In fact, the Catalans managed to take the lead with a goal from Robert Lewandowski, but it was annulled due to a clear offside since the ball touched in Dejong before entering the goal.

Lewandowski takes a shot against Real Sociedad.

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Barça was clearly warning, but Real Sociedad replied at the least expected moment. Imanol Alguacil’s men had hardly stretched in attack, but after half an hour a left-footed shot from kubo it left the crossbar trembling and also the legs of the local players.

The Basques had already left their letter of introduction, but everything was going to be cut short in the least expected way. The game entered a somewhat dirty phase and in it Real lost. Brais Mendez he left the iron to Busquets and, despite the fact that Gil Manzano initially showed him a yellow card, they called him from the VAR and changed the color. Expulsion for the midfielder and the Basques with one less in the 40th minute.

Dembele brand

Real Sociedad had the complicated mission of holding out in the Camp Nou with one less footballer throughout the second half. However, soon his dream fell apart. At the start of this second act, Dembélé, Barcelona’s longest player, beat the San Sebastián defense, entered the area and, too lean, launched a hard shot that slipped into the goal. Surely remiro he could do a lot more because that ball entered his post.

It seemed that from there everything was going to be an easy road and downhill for the culés, but Xavi Hernandez he continues without finding the key that leads him to the excellence of his team. La Real stretched with one less, first Kubo was close to drawing and then Sorloth missed something that cannot be forgiven at this level. The striker sent a ball wide with a shot barely two meters from the line, inside the small area. Incomprehensible.

Barcelona doubted, they were not comfortable and that they were with one more on the pitch. He found an oasis with Gavi’s shot off the crossbar, but little else. Dembélé’s spark was the only thing that could be put in his mouth while La Real prepared for the final arreón.

Lewandowski asks a Real Sociedad player on the ground for explanations.

Lewandowski asks a Real Sociedad player on the ground for explanations.

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It was a miracle that it did not reach the extension. robert navarro had a resounding occasion in the one-on-one against Ter Stegen with two minutes to go, and already in added time olasagasti He executed a hard shot from inside the area after a corner that the Culé goalkeeper took out again. Ter Stegen saving the furniture and putting Barcelona in the semifinals after a gray game.

FC Barcelona 1-0 Real Sociedad

FC Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Koundé, Araujo, Christensen (Marcos Alonso, min. 90+1), Balde (Raphinha, min.78); Sergio Busquets, Pedri (Kessie, min.77), Frenkie de Jong; Dembélé (Ansu Fati, min.84), Lewandowski and Gavi.

Real society: I remir; Elustondo, Zubeldia, Le Normand, Rico (Aihen Muñoz, min.46); Zubimendi, Brais Méndez, Pablo Marín (Olasagasti, min.78); Oyarzabal (Barrenetxea, min.46), Take Kubo (Robert Navarro, min.78) and Sorloth (Carlos Fernández, min.87).

Goal: 1-0, min.52: Dembele.

Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (extremadura committee). He sent off Brais Méndez (min.41). He admonished Busquets (min.56), Pedri (min.59), Zubimendi (min.65).

Incidents: Match of the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey played at the Camp Nou in front of 59,610 spectators. Before the match, the Barcelona women’s volleyball team offered the title of the Princess Cup.

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